Team Devotion: “Every Line”

The song “Every Line” by NewSpring Worship was written as a song of surrender to God in any type of adversity and it allows us to experience another dimension of God’s love. It’s a song that speaks so strongly of the sovereignty of God in our lives.

According to the Webster’s dictionary, the word sovereign means supreme, preeminent, indisputable, greatest in degree, utmost, and extreme. When we think about God and His character, those are words that we would most definitely use to describe Him, therefore, we can agree that God is sovereign.

Romans 9:15-24 challenges us as children of God to never question His plan or His way of doing things. It talks about how He does things to make the riches of His glory known to all creation, and even to us as we go through tough circumstances. In summation of these verses, we come to the conclusion that although we may not always understand God’s hand, we can always trust His heart.

One of the most important things for us as believers to understand as we try and grasp the sovereignty of God is that He is always faithful. If we believe that God is faithful and that He keeps His promises to us, our response in every situation should be one of trust in Him moment by moment. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” When we fully surrender our lives to Christ and trust Him, He will give us peace of mind.

The question that we must ask ourselves is: Can we accept what God’s plan is even if it contradicts what we think is right or should be? Can we let go of the picture we have in our heads of what our lives should look like and let God paint His own picture?

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

This is just our reminder that even though what we have planned for our lives may be great, Jesus has something greater. His ways and His thoughts are higher. The story that we write for our lives can not compare to the story that He has written for us.

Ultimately, the song “Every Line” is about giving God glory through the trials and hard times. Storms of life, mountains that are too high to climb alone, and fights that seem unconquerable are inevitable and come regardless of how “Christian” we are. We can do all the right things, attend church every week, and pray every day, and still those difficult times will come. The chorus is simply a declaration that our faith is enough to get us through those times (James 1:2-3). Jesus breathes for us when we can’t breathe on our own anymore and He fights for us when we can’t fight with our own strength (Exodus 14:14). And it’s a promise that even through the fight, we will lift our hands to give Jesus the glory because our battle is already won through Him (John 19:30).

I love the bridge of this song because it is a prayer asking Jesus to take complete control of our lives. It’s a declaration that shows God that we trust Him and the story He has so beautifully written for our lives. We are asking Him to write us with His glory and make His story for our lives the one that comes to fruition. It’s a dangerous prayer to pray if we’re not serious about it. God is a big God, and He has big plans for your life. But it takes trusting Him, and surrendering completely to His will to really grasp that concept. That’s hard for us to do sometimes, since most of us like to be in control. But, oh, is it so worth it in the end.

Brittany Lipsey

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